Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele may be coming to the end of his time in North London. Napoli has reportedly approached to get the Frenchman on loan with an option to buy.
Ndombele arrived at White Hart Lane with a lot of promise. He was seen as the heir to Moussa Dembele by Mauricio Pochettino. The Lillywhites broke the bank to get his signature for around 65 million Pounds.
The Frenchman is supremely talented and a naturally gifted footballer. He has shown some brilliant dribbling and passing whenever he has played. However, many have alluded to his lack of work rate and stamina as the reasons why he is held back.
Ndombele has played under five different managers during his time at Spurs. All of them have seemed to have one issue or the other with him. Initially, under Pochettino it was believed that the 25-year-old needed time to adapt to the English top flight.
However, these issues persisted even with the other managers, notably Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Nuno Espirito Santos and Ryan Mason also used him sparingly.
Whenever Ndombele came on the pitch, he was an extremely polarising player. On one hand, he could dribble through players with ease, but at other times, he would be caught ball-watching and not helping his team out. The Spurs hierarchy has finally decided to cut their losses and part with Ndombele.
Who Are In For Ndombele?
Villareal were interested in signing Ndombele, along with fellow outcast Giovani Lo Celso. However, Napoli have emerged as the more favourable candidate to get his signature.
They have discussed a loan option with Tottenham. Currently, they are willing to pay a 3 million Euro loan fee for the midfielder. The buy option in the contract is for 13 million Euros, and it becomes an obligation should they qualify for the Champions League.
Ndombele will hope that he can get another chance in Italy. Perhaps the slower pace of the game can be to his advantage over there. He will hope that he can impress Didier Deschamps ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
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